Cooyar, Queensland

Cooyar is a rural town and locality in the Toowoomba Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, Cooyar had a population of 224 people.[1]

Cooyar
Queensland
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Royal Mail Hotel in Cooyar, ca. 1928. A butcher's shop is next door
Cooyar is located in Queensland
Cooyar
Cooyar
Coordinates26°58′54″S 151°50′06″E / 26.9816°S 151.835°E / -26.9816; 151.835Coordinates: 26°58′54″S 151°50′06″E / 26.9816°S 151.835°E / -26.9816; 151.835
Population224 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density2.368/km2 (6.133/sq mi)
Postcode(s)4402
Area94.6 km2 (36.5 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location
LGA(s)Toowoomba Region
CountyCavendish
ParishCooyar
State electorate(s)Nanango
Federal Division(s)Maranoa
Localities around Cooyar:
Pimpimbudgee Neumgna Upper Yarraman
Upper Cooyar Creek Cooyar Kooralgin
Wutul East Cooyar Mount Binga

GeographyEdit

Cooyar is on the Darling Downs and on the New England Highway, 204 kilometres (127 mi) north west of the state capital, Brisbane.

HistoryEdit

Land in Cooyar was open for selection on 17 April 1877; 18,500 acres (7,500 ha) were available.[4]

Cooyar Post Office opened by March 1907 (a receiving office had been open from 1904).[5]

At the 2011 census, Cooyar and the surrounding area had a population of 281.[6]

AttractionsEdit

There are many interesting sites at Cooyar. They include: the Swinging Bridge,[7] a memorial park with playground,[8] a family-friendly pub, an ANZAC Memorial,[9] once a week a man with a stall selling fruit and vegetables, a showground which holds events like endurance riding and an annual show (with a brilliant rodeo at night),[10] a hall which is used regularly by the locals, the local shop which sells hot and cold food, assorted groceries, car related goods, reading material and a post office with a letterbox.[11]

Library services in Cooyar are provided by the Toowoomba Regional Council's mobile library service. The van visits Cooyar State School and Cooyar Park (McDougal Street) on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.[12]

Heritage listingsEdit

 
Cooyar War Memorial

Cooyar has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Cooyar (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018.  
  2. ^ "Cooyar - town in Toowoomba Region (entry 8351)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Cooyar - locality in Toowoomba Region (entry 47918)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Proclamations under the New Land Acts". The Brisbane Courier. Queensland, Australia. 2 March 1877. p. 3. Retrieved 19 February 2020 – via Trove.
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  6. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Cooyar (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 July 2013.  
  7. ^ "Cooyar - Swinging Bridge Park". Toowoomba Regional Council. Archived from the original on 23 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Cooyar - Memorial Park". Toowoomba Regional Council. Archived from the original on 23 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  9. ^ "Cooyar - Anzac Place". Toowoomba Regional Council. Archived from the original on 21 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Cooyar Show". Archived from the original on 2 February 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  11. ^ "Cooyar CPA". Australia Post. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  12. ^ "Mobile library". Toowoomba Regional Council. Archived from the original on 24 October 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  13. ^ "Cooyar War Memorial (entry 600825)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Muntapa Tunnel (entry 602594)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 15 July 2013.